I shall presume much of the conversation takes place over the course of the journey. Oscar and Roger each lead a Catalan donkey as well, carrying a few supplies and some equipment. They hand the reigns off to a third that is also coming with. Private Snafu.
If anyone observes closely, Edith tends to glide easily about the terrain. Modi and Magni are also pretty adept, and confusing. Sometimes one is ahead and the other behind, but you check again and it seems the other way around.
Edith talks about logistics and expedition protocol. Roberto told me that back in the day, the Gauntlet for House Flambeau used to be that they would drop you off somewhere alone, no idea where you were and without supplies, and then you had to find your way back home or meet your master ata certain time and place. You had like thirty days or something, and if you failed you were kicked out. Some apprentice started a huge fire in Barcelona one time, so I guess why they don't do that anymore.
As for who is in charge, nobody really. Technically, Oscar there is responsible for the men in his charge. None of the rest of us are members. We are guests of the covenant, waiting for the council to vote on our petitions. This is, like, one of those tasks they can ask of us. We are demonstrating our worth I guess.
I'm kinda in charge I guess? I organized the whole thing. My son and nephew, they'll fall in line.
Old Bert once told me something about different formations. Not sure what he meant. I know he's testing me, despite what he says.
I think it is a chain of command thing, like you were saying when you asked about who gives orders. Units and sub units. Okay, we got three trained soldiers, the knight, and the boys. If it comes to combat, I'll take charge of the boys, you team up with the knight. The soldiers will be responsible for protecting the other two magi.
Does that work?
As for experience with owlbears, the only one here that has ever actually seem one would be Oscar.
It was about thirteen years ago, maybe fourteen. A year or two after the Massacre. There were so few of us left, so there were a bunch of new recruits and Captain Alejandro was leading a training expedition. Get them used to working with magi. But itwas more like we were training the magi instead! We ran into Vibria's cousin, the Fat Drake, who had been hunting owlbears. We all laughed, but sure enough, three days later we walking along when one lunged at us from the blackness of the woods!
It looked like...
This one recruit, Chuckles, he wet his pants! One of the magi took it out with a firebolt. Vibria? Or Gardiatus maybe?
We were going to investigate more, but then that whole Ghoul Goulio thing happened. Then Vocis and Vibria confronted the mad wizard that was breeding them, made some deal where they would help him with the drakes, and that poor wizard got himself killed trying to use physical force negotiating with Venkath.
Oh, and what Edith said is right. You are guests of the covenant, and they are hosting an expedition. I am in charge of protection and facilitation. But Edith has it covered. The young men, they are not boys anymore, they can teleport at will. The pavilion tent is packed with the gear. And I have an ace up my sleeve.